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Capt. Jody Hall receives Lawman of the Year award from Durant Kiwanis Club


Captain Jody Hall receives the Lawman of the Year award from Angela Pierce of the Durant Kiwanis Club.

Captain Jody Hall receives the Lawman of the Year award from Angela Pierce of the Durant Kiwanis Club.

DURANT, Okla. – Captain Jody Hall of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Campus Police is the 2018 recipient of the “Lawman of the Year’’ award from the Durant Kiwanis Club.

The award was formally presented Thursday at the Kiwanis Club’s annual installation banquet.

Hall is a 19-year veteran of the Campus Police Department, having served in a number of capacities, including police officer, sergeant, lieutenant and interim chief. He was named to his current position of captain on January 1, 2017.

“I feel honored to receive this award in an area with so many great police officers,’’ Hall said. “Southeastern is like being part of a big family – it’s nice to have a job where you come to work every day and enjoy interacting with people. And by working here, I have friends all over the world – former students, faculty, and staff that I have met over the years.’’

Hall is an Atoka County native and graduate of Wapanucka High School. He is a graduate of the Oklahoma Criminal Investigation Academy, has advanced peace officer certification from the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, and is a trainer for The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE).

Hall has three children, and his hobbies include hunting, fishing, and working on the family farm.

Southeastern police chief Captain Durward Cook, a former recipient of the Kiwanis award, said Hall is most deserving of the recognition.

“Captain Hall is an integral part of our department,’’ Cook said. “He has been a pillar of stability that we all count on when in need. He genuinely cares about the safety and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff. I’m very happy that he has been selected for this award and thankful for the support of those who recognized his talent.’’

The award is a tradition that spans more than two decades in Bryan County and is intended to recognize an individual who has exemplified, in an exceptional way, service above and beyond the call of duty.

The honoree is selected after an extensive process, which includes letters of recommendation.